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Fanwood Cultural Arts Performance Series
The Performance Series takes place at the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center also known as "The Old Carriage House". The Arts Center faces Watson Road; however, it is part of the Fanwood Borough Hall property and the actual address is 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023. Please go to our Directions page for in depth directions, maps and photos at: directions

Mayor Colleen Mahr and
The Fanwood Arts Council Present

Saturday April 11, 2015 at 7PM

Marc Black with Beaucoup Blue

Marc Black
Marc plays a finger style blues in the traditions of Mississippi Hurt and the great Tim Hardin. A proud road warrior, he was inducted into the New York Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame in June of 2014. Marc has performed and recorded with Art Garfunkel, Taj Mahal, Richie Havens, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson to name a few. He was recently named Folk Artist of the Year on ABC Radio, a winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival and he was chosen to accompany Pete Seeger at the Folk Music Hall of Fame fundraiser shortly before Pete passed on.

Check out Marc Black’s video: “ooh… i love my coffee”, written for the roastmaster of Ahrre’s Fresh Roasted Coffee!



In the words of folk legend, Happy Traum, “Marc is a master at spreading the joy of music.”

Check out Marc's web site at http://www.marcBlack.com




Beaucoup Blue is the Americana Philadelphia based group of David and Adrian Mowry. Father and son have been performing their roots based music nationally and internationally as a duo, quartet and on occasion quintet. Bridging many gaps in American music, their soulful traditional and contemporary styles mesh into an innovative and authentic sound. Although blues is a staple in their repertoire, they base their love in music from Folk, Soul, R and B, Jazz, Country and Bluegrass. All these interests and influences come out in their original song-writing in a unique way. Beaucoup Blue had previously released two albums: “Out Of The Woodwork” 2003, and “Hearts At Home” 2005. The long awaited third album “Free To Fall” is produced by Grammy nominated Jim Salamone. A handsome range of instruments like six and twelve string guitars, slide guitar, round neck resonator guitar, combined with two soulful voices, encompasses a rich and honest feel, noticeably influenced by familial ties. Hear for yourself two generations coming together for the common good of great music everywhere.

Grand Prize Winner of the Billboard World Song-Writing Contest
#25 on AMA's Americana Top 40
#8 on Roots Music Report's Folk Top 50
Winner of the 2006 Telluride Blues & Brews Acoustic Competition



Saturday May, 2015 at 7PM

Rich Deans and The Fine Line

rich Deans
An alumnus of the New York/New Jersey club scene, singer-songwriter Rich Deans has shared the stages of the Bottom Line, CBGB’s, The Bitter End, The Stone Pony and various other venues with national and local acts including, The Smithereens, The DB’s, Primus, Level 42, Kate Jacobs and The Marys. Rich has also been a staff songwriter for ABC/Dunhill, Laurel Canyon Music, Dreena Publishing and Castle Hill Music. His song “Blue Eyes and White Lies”, written for Kim Carnes, was chosen by Billboard Magazine as album cut “pick hit” and his composition “Tiger on The Lawn” was recorded by Paul Cotton of the country-rock band POCO for his solo record. Recently, his composition “Don’t Dig My Grave Too Deep” was recorded by Pat Wictor on his excellently reviewed "Waiting for the Water" release. And the recent release by Hope Machine includes a stirring version of Rich's "You Can Count On Me."

“Rich Deans is a most fascinating songwriter, writing songs that are more like novellas set to haunting melodies of days past.”
Mike Agranoff, Minstrel Coffeehouse

The Fine Line

Al and Efrat blend their rich voices and performance styles to bring a tasty buffet that can please even the most discerning palate. Their shows always include a savory blend of original music and select great songs from great songwriters, delivered with a colorfully engaging style that both entertains and informs. And, every show is different.

It all began when Al Grigg and Efrat Sharon were brought together by a mutual friend back in 2012. Their shared fast pace, high energy and constant pursuit to expand their musical selection, made the match work from the first moment. So much so that they performed a well-received show at "Greenwich Village Bistro" in New York City on the very first day they met after a thirty minute rehearsal on the sidewalk outside the venue.

Al and Efrat work together, both as a duo and jointly with a larger group of musicians, including Fred Peterson (drums), and Jeff Taylor (bass), who were formerly part of The Flying Dogs of Jupiter until in 2013 all joined “The Fine Line”.


Saturday June 13, 2015 at 7PM

Marc Berger and The Lords of Liechtenstein

Marc Berger
Marc’s life has been about pursuing twin passions: creating and recording his American roots songs, and exploring remote areas of the desert and mountain West. After signing his first publishing contract while in law school, he fronted rock bands and performed regularly in New York City clubs like CBGB, Wetlands, and The Knitting Factory. All through this period, he’d find ways to get into the West, picking up details from fellow wilderness junkies about off the beaten path locales and filing them away for future reference. On one of these trips, he became intrigued by the cover of THE BIG IT, a book of short stories by A.B. Guthrie he found on a revolving paperback rack in a Navajo reservation trading post. It got him thinking about using his travels to create a set of songs in the cultural tradition of writers like Guthrie and visual artists like John Ford and Frederick Remington. Marc and Co-Producer Mike Ricciardi now present RIDE, ten cinematic recordings reflecting his romantic connection to the American West and exploring the value of its myths to contemporary culture.

Marc’s performed at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival and The Kerrville Folk Festival and has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts. His song THE LAST ONE was a staple of Richie Havens’ concerts for years, and has been quoted in the NY Times and featured on The CBS Evening News.


Lords of Lichtenstein
New York City-based acoustic duo The Lords of Liechtenstein first met in a hospital in July of 1994. "Hey, let's start a band!" said Dan Rauchwerk to his new little brother, Noah. "Waaah!" said Noah as he had just been born and wasn't quite able to speak yet, much less sing or play the ukulele. The brothers mutually agreed to wait a few years, until Noah was at least potty trained, before pursuing a musical career.

Although the debate rages on as to whether or not Noah is yet potty trained, the duo formally joined forces as The Lords of Liechtenstein in 2007. Noah (ukulele/guitar/vocals) and Dan (guitar/banjo/mandola/vocals) have brought their unique blend of folk music to clubs and coffeehouses all over the East Coast of the United States. The Lords were selected for the 2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase, and have opened for musical legends like The Grand Slambovians, Magpie, Toby Walker, and Joe Crookston. Their most recent album, Girlz (With a ‘Z’) shows off the duo’s versatility in songwriting and performing, moving effortlessly from reggae songs about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to upbeat folk songs about having one’s heart broken and torn apart by wolves. Now that you know a bit about the band, isn't it time that you pulled on your sweater vest and listened to the future of folk music?


Refreshments

Intermission with South Martine Avenue Deli sandwiches and pizza As usual we will be offering refreshments for sale, during the intermissions. We ussually make some home made cookies, have a variety of chips, and various other finger foods donated by our volunteers and regular attendees. (Please feel free to bring along something for our intermission food table!)


Snapple Snapple has generously donated beverages for our intermission. They have also donated a new tent to cover the food tables, and 2 great new coolers on wheels to keep the beverages that they are donating cold.

Nick's Pizza and Deli
Nicks Deli (formerly South Martine Avenue Deli) will be adding some of their favorite appetizers and pizza samples to our intermission food table. They are famous for thier New York Style large slices and delicious garlic knots....

Mara's Cafe
Mara's Cafe will be adding their excellent baked treats to our ussual home made cookies etc.... Mara's grinds their own coffee beans, offers authentic Italian Gelato, and a huge assortment of pastries, cookies, and delicious canolis. They will be featuring live music of thier own on Wednesday nights!

Experience great performances in a historic setting right in your own back yard! Suggested donation is $15, $10 for seniors and students.

This program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.